Organisers of a campaign to make sure every child gets a Christmas gift have been ‘overwhelmed’ after receiving more than 1500 donated gifts.
Kirkcaldy women Christine Munro and Angela Gourlay, who set up the ‘Fife’s Spirit of Christmas’ initiative, told the Press they have surpassed their targets – and been moved by the support of Fifers.
The campaign aims to encourage people to donate a showbox or gift bag filled with goodies which can be delivered to needy children across the Kingdom by Christmas Eve.
The Fife campaign has so far has attracted 14,000 supporters since it was set up on Facebook a few weeks ago.
The organisers have arranged a number of drop-off points, which include Fife’s five main fire stations – Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Lochgelly and Methil – where people can hand in their completed bags until tomorrow (Friday).
Gifts – with a particular focus on boys and girls aged nine-12 – can also be handed in to Rejects Department Store in St Clair Street, Kirkcaldy by Sunday, December 7.
Christine said: “The response has been absolutely phenomenal.
“We have reached our targets now and we can even go back to other groups and offer them a bit more.
“We had just under 1500 requests for gifts including requests from Fife charity Homestart which asked for 842 and The Cottage Centre, Kirkcaldy which initially needed 276, but has requested another 70, as well as others. People just don’t realise the level of poverty there is.”
She added: “We would like to thank the fire service and, in particular, Megan Taylor, who co-ordinated all the collections.
‘‘I don’t know how we would have managed without the help from the fire service. We are really pleased with the fantastic amount of donations we have received and how thoughtful people have been with their gifts.”
Pauline Buchan from the Cottage Centre said: “It’s fantastic the community has come together to support this cause.
“People out there may say there is no community spirit anymore, but this campaign shows the level of community spirit there actually is and we have been absolutely overwhelmed.
‘‘Previously, I have started getting referrals in November, but this year it was the end of October. People are in such dire need.
“We work with the most vulnerable children in the Kirkcaldy area and this appeal is helping to take the stress away from parents who are struggling financially.
‘‘Because of this campaign there will be a smile on these children’s faces on Christmas morning.”